Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Heart Day

Even though Valentine's Day is pretty cliche, it does at least give us an excuse to bake things with all of those heart-shaped tins, cookie cutters, and muffin pans that we keep in storage for most of the year. (I'll post another heart shaped dessert tonight) Here's a valentine I got last week at our potluck from a full-of-energy vegan 3 year old!On the left are the self frosted peanut butter cupcakes from My Sweet Vegan that I made last night for my coworkers (as if they deserve it, but always need to spread vegan love). A hint about these.... if you have leftover frosting, save it and put more on after they bake!! And on the right are the cupcakes I made for the potluck this past weekend. I used the VCTOTW recipe, but used Hannah's MSV technique of cutting out the heart shape and filling with more frosting (as she did with her lemon poppyseed cupcakes).
And here's a fun thing I found on flickr toys....
There have been quite a few vegan related stories in the news for this Valentine's Day. One on the search for vegan valentine candy and NPR's story on vegan baking . I spotted urban vegan and her omniman in the NYTimes article "I Love You, But You Love Meat". This must be a common theme for food colums around Valentine's Day, because our local paper also did a piece on food issues in relationships. John and I were interviewed for the article, and we got a little blurb included in the paper, ironically enough right next to some instructions for making ham wrapped asparagus (what a way to ruin a perfectly good vegetable!). The quotes aren't the ones I would have chosen from our 30+ minutes interview, but I guess they wanted to make it sound "challenging", even though it usually isn't (not to say we don't have our moments). Here is the link, but to save you from reading the whole article, here's our few minutes of fame:

How about a vegan and an ominvore? Does love conquer all? Vegans, like vegetarians, avoid meat, fish and chicken. They also steer clear of dairy products, eggs, honey — in short, any food produced by ananimal.

Newlyweds John and Amanda Mariano were dating when "she tricked me,"John jokes, by turning vegan. She cooks for the pair and, because she's terrific at it, he misses meat less than he imagined.

Still, he conceded, "It's not easy. It's not like we argue all the time, but when we do argue, it usually has something to do with this."

Amanda, meanwhile, is working on being more flexible. "I wouldn't change John for the world," she said. "He's on his own journey and if he never goes vegan, I would never love him any less." (Peggy Grodinsky, Houston Chronicle)

Also just found out that I got a letter to the editor published in The Houston Press (independent paper) about a food editorial. I love how they call me a "mad vegan" (in the headline) to get reader's attention.

Vegan bashing: Well, it seems as if Robb Walsh is at it again. In his review of Dry Creek Café, he describes asking two waitresses — one "drop-dead gorgeous" and the other "cute" (I won't even begin to address his misogynistic undertones) — to choose between rotting animal flesh No. 1 or rotting animal flesh No. 2, only to discover that one waitress is vegan and the other a vegetarian. He then goes on to reminisce about the good ole days when he filed a police report against a vegan group for a death threat while living in Austin. Does he not realize, or care, that there are plenty of vegans living here Houston? Some of them, like me, even read his column every once in a while. But I don't think he'll have to worry about death threats in this case, since I'm sure eating all of those cholesterol-laden "triple bypass burgers" will send him to his grave long before any vegan could lay a hand on him. Veganism promotes nonviolence and compassion toward all sentient beings, even Robb Walsh. For the animals,
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I'll be updating this post with the winner of the door prize tonight. There's still time to get your guess in! Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day!


19 comments:

Romina said...

Your cupcakes are gorgeous! You have real icing skills. I'm super jealous. =)

Liz² said...

oh, congratulations on the interview! I think the quote is pretty cute, myself. ^^

and I was looking at that gorgeous pink and chocolate cupper on flickr, it looks so festive and delicious!

Pleasantly Plump Vegan said...

thos ecupcakes look amazing! funny interview and very cool!

Vegyogini said...

What beautifully-decorated cupcakes! Thank you for the article links. I'd already read the NPR and NYT articles, but not the search for vegan candy one. I really enjoyed it and now I want to try a Green & Black's ginger chocolate bar! Candied ginger is one of my very favorite sweets. :) BTW, you have to try the Cashew Banana Ice Cream!!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Wow, you are published in TWO articles?! You're a famous vegan now... and I can say that I knew you when ;o)

The cupcakes look superb! Lucky co-workers!!! They had better be extra nice to you from now on!

Happy Valentine's Day, Amanda!

vko said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I actually went back and added some pics to my post, but also a link to the reiki workshop: www.reikiartscontinuum.com

How fun that you guys were interview! And as for this Robb Walsh- let's just leave it at no comment.

aTxVegn said...

So much attention to veganism this Valentine's Day! Congratulations on being twice published.

I just ordered MSV so I can have the self-frosted pb choc cuppers!

Hannah said...

Both cupcakes are simply gorgeous!

Congrats on the article, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

GORGEOUS cupcakes! I see my name in that heart, hehe.
All the recent press on veganism is crazy! I think your letter to the editor is perfect.

Potato said...

Good job on your letter to the editor! You have lucky coworkers. :)

Ruby Red Vegan said...

You're famous! Hehe! Too bad mass publications usually depict vegans as being slightly off... Even if they try to force themselves to sound upbeat, it still seems like they have to throw in a "catch" or a downside to veganism. They'll try to find a flaw if they can in order to not feel bad about themselves... Sigh.

Those Self-Frosting PB Cupcakes caught my eye! They're so gorgeous - I love how they're heart-shaped. MSV is still sitting neglected on my shelf, but that's the first recipe I'll get to.

Cody said...

The pinkish cupcake looks like a sea anemone, which is kind of awesome.

Cakespy said...

You mad vegan you. I love it when you get all angry.

Jenny said...

Aren't you so cool, just making headlines! That is great! (even if you are a mad vegan)

I am new to being vegan (1 1/2 months and counting!!) and I have to say, vegans are about the nicest, most caring, and supportive people I have ever met! Even if I have only met most of them virtually. :) It only encourages me to keep leading a compassionate vegan life. To vegans like you, I say, keep it up!

textual bulldog said...

Your cupcakes are so beautiful!!! And I cracked up at the part where they chose quotes that made it seem like you guys had conflict... That must be part of the job description or something, because all my experiences with the press have been similar :)

vegetalion said...

1.) congrats on being so much in the media!
2.) how did you get your cupcakes to be so cute and heart-shaped? do you have a special mold?

Happy Herbivore! said...

your cupcakes are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

bazu said...

Happy belated V-day to you, too! I love that Flickr heart photo- I see my name in yours and your name was in mine, too!

bazu said...

P.S. how cool that you guys were interviewed for that article- your marriage, with regard to veganism, sounds identical to mine.